• Android vs iOS

    I enjoy having options, but also really enjoy when technology just works. Apple has the “just works” approach down even if it limits choices and options. If you like the way Apple handles technology and you don’t mind how they block apps, Adobe Flash and much in the way of customization they are great.

    “Thank you Sir. May I have another.”

    I’ve written up papers on a variety of tablet computers including the Motorola XOOM and Android 3.x being the main topic. I mainly use an iPad for my daily tablet tapping experiences and usage. Android 3.x has combined Apps, Books and Video rentals into the Market. It’s then I realized I really like the one stop shot to get everything done.

    What I’d like to have is an option to combine different options into one marketplace. Imagine if we could choose our video rental service among the options and have them show up. I’d love to be able to say “Napster for music”, “Whoever has HD non-drm movies, tv’s etc” (especially since they are not always available on all the services), “Nook for ebooks” (but search others if not available and let me know it’s available there or cheaper) and the app store for the device Market or iOS App Store.

    I know I can get the different apps, but it’s a pain in the ass to swap between different apps and find what I’m looking for. Isn’t this kinda what Google TV is trying to do. Isn’t this why everyone keeps blocking them. The content holders and makers of all they money are deathly terrified of losing their grip and giving us true options and letting the best technology win. It may not be them.

    As an example Netflix is awesome on the Xbox 360, but other devices have a slightly crappier version. Browsing seasons of TV shows is just not as good and the damn thing needs an Xbox Gold account which is a subscription on top of the subscription on top of the Internet subscription, on top of the Power bill on top of Rent to get access to the damn thing.

    Just give us our digital media without the controlling grip of fear you have on your content.

    Please?


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